Women in Côte d'Ivoire Celebrate International Women's Day

…female dependence appears to be less a wish to be protected than a wish to be part of a web of human relationships, a wish not only to get – but to give – loving care. To need other people to help and console you, to share the good times and bad, to say “I understand,” to be on your side – and also to need the reverse, to need to be needed – may lie at the heart of women’s very identity. Dependence on such connections may be described as “mature dependence.” It also means, however, that identity – for women – has more to do with intimacy than separateness. –Necessary Losses: The Loves, Illusions, Dependencies, and Impossible Expectations That All of Us Have to Give Up in Order to Grow by Judith Viorst

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a short story, scene, or poem that expresses a woman’s desire for emotional intimacy.

Journaling Prompt: What does intimacy mean to you?

Art Prompt: Women’s identity

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a touching story about how you found your identity.

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